This blog is dedicated to my Zazzle shop, Pam's Designs and my Squidoo lenses,
Best Business Cards Online and Best Wedding Invitations

In this blog, I will go over my experiences in creating my Zazzle store and my Squidoo Lenses.
I will also post some of my favourite design pieces.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Holiday Party Invitation - Teal & Gold Ornaments from

stunning christmas party invitation - teal gold - ornaments - swirls - sparkle - stars

This design turned out really well. I love the scatter brushes. They make creating starry flourishes such a breeze. This design uses the 3d rotation to create the swirl on the ornaments and a radial gradient for the ornament. The sparkle on the ornaments was created by making a star and then screening a radial gradient over top of the star to make a glowing effect. I have to say, gradients are one of my favourite features. They make a design look so stunning compared to the same design with just solid colours.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Merry Christmas Family Photo Card - Snowflakes from

elegant photo card - gold & teal - whimsical snowflake - ribbon - frame

Yay, I got a Today's Best Award on this design today. It's always so exciting when you get an award. This design has a glowing gold background with a teal ribbon and frame. It's accented with a swirled, whimsical snowflake that I drew in Illustrator. This is another Pam's Designs original.

It's too bad I didn't get my other design posted sooner. I really like it. It has elegant snowdrifts with trendy beveled swirls coming out from the drifts and the classy curved banner. The background has a flurry of beautiful snowflakes in the background and foreground.

Christmas Photo Card - elegant snowflakes - whimsical - swirls - curved frame - curved & pointy banner

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Merry Christmas Family Photo Card Teal Snowflakes from

photo card - holiday card - baby photo card - christmas card

A beautiful, whimsical children's photo card for the holiday season. With elegant swirls, teal and white ornate snowflakes, and beaded chains, this card will wow your family and friends.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Cute, Whimsical Merry Christmas Family Photo Card (2 photos) in blue and white by Pam's Designs

cute photo card - merry christmas - christmas photo card - family photo card - whimsical photo card - snowflake photo card - photo card - photocard
Merry Christmas Family Two Photo Card White Blue from

I was quite pleased with how this design turned out. This one, I drew all the design elements in illustrator and made a few finishing touches in gimp. I'm starting to get the hang of illustrator. There's still a lot to learn, but it definitely has capabilities that gimp doesn't have. Although, I find that it doesn't always align my design elements very well. I find that a little frustrating.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Holiday Party Invitation - Gold & Red Ornaments from

Happy Holiday's Christmas Invitation on Zazzle

gorgeous christmas invitation - ornaments - gold - green - red
Happy Holiday's Party Invitation by Pam's Designs

I had so much fun creating this design. It incorporated a ton of cool design tricks that I wasn't aware of. I discovered the rotate 3D feature in illustrator, which helped me to create the Christmas bulbs. It was really neat. You just take a paper, such as the disco ball paper and wrap it around the 3 dimensional sphere. Or in the case of the red bulb with the gold swirl design, I wrapped a red to black gradient around the sphere, then created another sphere with the gold swirl design and put it on top of the gradient sphere.

The stars were created with a splatter brush. I first created my star with the star tool, then made it into a splatter brush. Then, when you brush along a path, the stars spread all along your path. The same goes for the dotted lines.

I am by no means an expert with Illustrator, so I used Gimp to put my design together, I used gradients for the background with the Soft Light feature to get an array of gradient colours in different locations (you can see this more on some of my other designs in the holiday shoppe (Pam's Designs). The border was done by putting a swirled design paper overtop of a gold bilinear gradient and using some transparency. Then, I added noise to get a sparkle effect. One of my favourite features in Gimp is the Add Bevel feature, which pops up your design, giving it a three dimensional look. Then, I fuzzy select the frame and add a drop shadow (+12, +12) in black and (-12, -12) in white. Then I delete any parts of the shadow that don't belong and give them a bit more transparency to give that double layer effect on the inside of the frame. It's amazing how much time goes into a design. This was an all day adventure.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Real Estate Business Card - Elegant Gold Swirl from

business card - classy - elegant - real estate - realtor - spa - wedding planner
Classy, Elegant Realtor Business Card - Purchase Online
I'm really proud of this design. I drew my swirl design in illustrator and then used gimp for all the finishing touches. Illustrator makes an extremely high quality image, but I know how to use my gimp program really well, so that's why I love using it for design. You can really tell a high quality image, because when I use the bevel filter in Gimp, low quality images will make weird lines in the bevel, whereas this design is perfectly smooth.

I think this card is perfect for realtors, wedding planners, party planners, spas, hair stylists, nail technicians, fashion designers, high end clothing stores, boutiques, antique sales people, and anyone looking for a classy, stylish business card.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Pam's Designs Website

Well, I've finally launched my own Pam's Designs website.  I really like the fact that I can set up the webpage however I like and feature categories or products.  It's nice to have a spot to do my own thing.

Come check it

Check out some of my holiday designs...

Happy Halloween Family Photo Card - Gold VinesFun Monsters Halloween Party Invitation TemplateHappy Halloween Family Photo Card - Green VinesHappy Holidays Family Photo Card - Mistletoe HollyHappy Holidays Family 2 Photo Card - Barn BoardHappy Holidays Family Photo Card - Barn Board
Happy Holidays Family Photo Card -Teal White PlaidMerry Christmas Family Photo Card - SnowflakesMerry Christmas Family Photo Card - SnowflakesHappy Holidays Family Photo Card -Purple VictorianHappy Holidays Family Photo Card - Pink & BlackMerry Christmas Holiday Family Photo PostcardSeasons Greetings Holiday Family Photo PostcardSeasons Greetings Holiday Family Photo PostcardSeasons Greetings Holiday Family Photo PostcardWedding Invitation - White & Gold Snowflake Scroll